MLA Kim Masland grills Health Minister on Shelburne ER closures

October 06, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Health Authority says Shelburne ER will close again over Thanksgiving

The Nova Scotia Health Authority announced today that the Roseway Hospital emergency room in Shelburne will once again be closing its doors, for hours at a time, over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Just this week, Queens-Shelburne MLA Kim Masland rose in the Legislature to ask the Minister of Health and Wellness why the emergency room continues to close regularly.

During the months of July and August, there were approximately 80 hours of emergency department closures at the Roseway, which the NSHA attributed to physician unavailability over the summer months.

Although we are well into the fall season, the NSHA says the ER will be closed numerous times over the upcoming long weekend.

“Once again, another busy weekend is approaching and residents of Shelburne will be forced to travel an hour, by car or by ambulance, when they are hurt or sick,” says Masland. “Shelburne residents are being treated like second-class citizens by this Liberal government. They deserve better emergency health services than this.”

Masland says it’s also obvious now that the problems around physician shortages were not exclusive to the summer months.

“Enough is enough,” says Masland. “It is time for the McNeil Liberals to stop making excuses for the physician shortage in Shelburne and start doing something about it.”